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India slide down one spot to 97th in latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

India slide down one spot to 97th in latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

Despite not being in action, the national football team Harambee Stars have moved up two places in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday to sit 82nd with 412 points. India's 96th ranking last month was one of its best ranking in recent history.

National teams around the globe are now in the qualifying stage, battling for a place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while Russian Federation as the host nation has been already guaranteed a berth in the world's main quadrennial football event.

India still have 341 rating points, with no change from their last month's tally. The United States climbed nine places to 26th after winning the tournament. Among the Asian teams, India is still 12th highest ranked side while Iran leads the chart at 24th spot. The tri-nation meet was originally scheduled to be held in Chennai but has now been shifted to Mumbai. Coached by Stephen Constantine, the Indian football team had reached one of its highest spot (96) recently but slipped again since there was hardly any worldwide match scheduled for it in the month of July.

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Among the best global teams in the world, Brazil gained top spot from Germany while Argentina, Switzerland and Poland completed the top five.

According to the August ranking unveiled by Federation Internationale de Football Association on Thursday, South Korea jumped two spots to No. 49 with 674 points.